Hack + marathon = Hackathon

First, let’s clarify the meaning of the word „hack”. It doesn’t refer to a computer crime but rather it means programming using open data – data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone.


A hackathon is an event in which designers, hackers, data architects, entrepreneurs, developers, data scientists, researchers, business leaders and people interested in making their city a better place collaborate intensively on software projects. Hackathons usually last between a day and a week and also are known as hack day, hackfest, codefest. Such events have become very popular around the world recently.

You can see an interesting video about one hackathon here:

The purpose of Hackathons is rapid prototyping, building new projects, and presenting them at the end of the event. The best ones are rewarded and have the opportunity to be developed further. There are different types and topics of hackathons all over the world but the goal is the same – prototype something that improves and contributes to our lives. A hackathon is a place that combines technology, business and culture.

It is a great opportunity to collaborate with experts in different branches to create a unique solution. You can hack alone as well as create a team and work together to prototype the future.

Below you can find upcoming hackthons in Poland:


And more hackthons around the world:

See you at the next hackathon and stay tuned for more inspiring posts!